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Paul Bearne

About Me

I am fueled by a passion for new developments in technology and how the application of these can deliver an awesome user experience while effectively meeting business needs.

Although, over the years I have developed a number of complementary skill bases, my focus is now WordPress architecture, concept design, coding for complex projects and integrating external data sources.

I have made core commits to every version of WordPress since 3.9 and continue to support the wider WordPress community through meetups, WordCamps, etc.

In 2018 I co-founded Matador Sorftware and launched a commercial WordPress Plugin for the recruitment industy, adding to my growing list of plugins.

Website URL

Current Location

Southern Ontario

WordPress Origin Story

I discovered WordPress in 2006 when asked to explore the use of collaborative tools internally for a multinational corporation, setting up a 200+ multi-blog site using WPMU on IIS7. As part of this project, I created my first plugin, Author Avatars, ( ), which currently has 8,000+ active installs. I recently updated this to include Gutenberg support.

From this point on, the community, the flexibility and the velocity of WordPress has made it my platform of choice.

I specialize in creating highly performant scalable, accessible and SEO friendly code (plugins and themes) for large WordPress sites that are often multi-site, multi-language, VIP and/or e-commerce.

In 2018, with a partner, I launched a premium plugin for the recruitment industry, Matador Jobs ( and in June Matador Jobs became an official Bullhorn partner (

I continue to support my growing list of plugins ( ) and the wider WordPress community, founded the Kingston WordPress Meetup and speak regularly at WordCamps.



Paul & Gina Bearne (Freelance Consultancy)

Job Title

Senior WordPress Full Stack Developer


Walking, Kayaking, Reading, Theater, PHP, Javascript, CSS

WordPress Usage

Personal, Business




Hours per week


Contributor Teams

Core Team, Test Team

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